Last year over 800,000 people descended on the beaches of Atlantic City to enjoy the Thunder Over the Boardwalk – Atlantic City’s Air Show.
Were you one of them? Will you join us for this year’s Atlantic City Air Show on Friday, August 17?
Take a look at last year’s event.
Did you know that this year Jersey Family Fun is adding some excitement to the Atlantic City Air Show?
- We will be demonstrating great toys like the Kids Construction Wearable Stunt Plane. We may even be giving some out to our readers!
- We’ll be tweeting away ways to win prizes and snacks if you find us on the beach.
- & more.
I’ve been a Jersey girl for some 28+ years now. I’ve attended the Air Show for a few years now and based on that I have some tips to make the Thunder Over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City Airshow more manageable. After all, it is a once-a-year event and we want you to be there next week when the show returns.
Tips to enjoying Thunder Over the Boardwalk on Friday, August 17, 2012
- Take advantage of public transportation or the shuttles – This year there are shuttles running from Bader Field and a few other locations on the outside of Atlantic City. It maybe a bit of a hassle carrying your stuff on the shuttle. However, parking in some Atlantic City garages went as high as $25.
- Park ‘n Ride at the SJTA Expressway Intercept lot will be provided by The Atlantic City Jitney Association through the SJTA: $20 per vehicle includes parking and shuttle to/from the AC Boardwalk Shuttles will run from 9am – 5pm continuously on the day of the Air Show. Drop off and pickup point will be at Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk Park ‘n Ride at Bader Field.
- AC Jitney Association: $20 per car includes parking and shuttle to/from AC Boardwalk, beginning at 6:30 a.m. on day of airshow and continues until 6:30 p.m. Pickup at Bader Field at the end of each row of cars; drop-off at Boardwalk, near Albany Avenue.
- Consider also the traffic in Atlantic City, there’s a lot of stop and go and many missed the beginning of the show because they were sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Even better take the train into Atlantic City, kids under 5 ride free on New Jersey Transit.
- Arrive early! – Yes, admission is FREE. Get there early, whether you want to sit on the beach, on the boardwalk, or you’ve bought a VIP seat in a tent, get there early to claim your spot. The show starts at 10:30 am, but families start arriving much earlier than that.
- By pass the VIP tent. Park yourself on the beach. – That whole grass is greener on the other side is kind of funny. Don’t be jealous of the VIPs in the tent. It’s not a better seat. After spending last year’s show in the Media tent it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Yes, the food was good but the view not so much. With umbrellas and chairs all around us, the view was blocked and my kids didn’t have much room to move around. I would have been better following my mommy instincts. Park your family on the beach, the kids will love playing in the sand and water in between the jets, blimps, and paratroopers and you won’t hear complaints of them being bored or have to worry about the non-family friendly adults. Plus it’s the best view, many jets will fly right in front of your eyes. You can’t see them when you’re back in a tent behind umbrellas.
- Bathrooms – Nope, you don’t have to go treck into a casino when your child has to go potty. Behind the tents there are port-o-potties. They are spaced out, there was one every couple of feet.
- Pack lunch and snacks – You’ve found your spot on the beach. You’re comfortable. The kids are good. Do you really want to track all the way up the beach to stand in lines for overpriced food? Enough said. Moms and dads you know what I mean.
- Pack, pack, and pack again – Thunder Over the Boardwalk, will run from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm on Friday, August 17. That can be a long day in the sun for the kids. If you are planning to be there all day make sure you are prepared. Pack:
- Plenty of sunscreen & hats
- Lunch and snacks (see above)
- Sand toys
- Swim suits & towels
- Water bottles
- Ear plugs if the sound will bother you or the kids
- Radio/Ipod – If you are close enough to the action you will be able to hear the announcers telling you about the aircraft. If not, and you want to be able to hear there are a number of stations you can tune into to hear it.
- Airshow schedule – You can print this out online for free, check it out below, or buy one at the show. But have it with you so when your kids start asking, “What is that?”, you can actually tell them.